Today I am going to take a closer look at the product that made Aden + Anais famous in the baby world, their swaddle blanket.
If you have been on the fence about dropping a wad of cash on this luxurious baby swaddle blanket, or just want to know more about the different materials, then this review is for you.
But the swaddle blanket doesn’t just have to meet my lofty standards, it has to meet that of my one month old baby too.
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If you’ve never tried any of the Aden + Anais swaddles, the Classic Swaddle is a great place to start. These swaddles were my first experience with this brand – but certainly not my last.
When I had my first baby, I was on a tight budget. I’ll be honest, Aden + Anais swaddles were not really in my price range – but I just couldn’t resist splurging.
I had to know what all the hype was about!
I started with the Classic Swaddle since it was, and still is, the most affordable option out of all the Aden + Anais swaddles.
Now, I wouldn’t consider this to be a ‘budget’ swaddle, but the price does accurately reflect the quality.
I’m a big believer that you get what you pay for. And with the Classic Swaddle, you’re paying for a quality swaddle that will last for years.
Aside from being a good choice if you’re on a budget, the Classic Swaddle might be right for you if you’re a shopper who likes options.
With a variety of quantities, prices, and styles, the Classic Swaddle offers plenty of ways to personalize your purchase – far more than the other swaddles do.
Available in single packs, 2-packs, 3-packs, and 4-packs, these swaddles have prices ranging from $16.00 to $54.95, allowing you to pick a swaddle to fit your budget and needs. The larger packs offer a volume discount, so if you are buying more than one swaddle, you will save money buying the four packs.
But the choices don’t end there.
If you have a fashion forward baby on your hands, the Classic Swaddle will keep them looking chic and stylish in the 50+ different patterns and prints available.
And if you don’t see a print that fits your fancy (which I would find hard to believe), don’t worry! Aden + Anais is constantly coming out with new designs.
Plus, many of the prints are gender-neutral, meaning that boy or girl, your baby’s style will be on-point
I should also mention that if breathability is really important to you, the Classic Swaddle is the MOST breathable of the swaddles that Aden + Anais offer.
That makes this swaddle a great option for summertime as it will keep your baby protected without overheating.
Even though all of the Aden + Anais swaddles are made with breathable muslin, the other varieties have additional materials mixed in that make them slightly less airy.
The bottom line - If you’re looking for a budget-friendly swaddle with TONS of style options and the highest level of breathability, the Classic Swaddle is for you.
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We have environmentally-friendly cars, foods, and homes – so, why not environmentally-friendly baby swaddles?
The Organic Muslin Swaddle is geared towards two specific needs:
For all you eco-conscious folks out there who take reducing your carbon footprint seriously, this swaddle is for you.
The Organic Muslin swaddle is made from Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton grown in an environmentally and socially responsible way.
I’ll be honest, when I first read the description for this swaddle, I couldn’t help thinking, “So, this cotton was grown and killed in a humane way?”
With all the buzz about eating and living in an environmentally responsible manner these days, it can be hard to keep some of the terminology straight.
If we were talking about organic meat, then yes, organic means that it was raised and killed humanely.
On the other hand, when it comes to organic cotton, it’s not exactly the same thing.
Organic cotton basically means that the cotton was grown free of toxic pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
Which is great news if you have a baby with highly sensitive skin, that flares up when in contact with chemically processed fabrics.
Or if you care a lot about the environment.
But, if no one told me that this swaddle was organic, I’d have no idea. And that’s a good thing.
The Aden + Anais organic cotton muslin swaddle feels exactly the same as the Classic Swaddle – same texture, same weight, same breathability, same stretchiness.
The differences I do notice are the lack of design options and the increased price tag.
The Organic Muslin swaddle only offers about 15 different designs that will run you $38.00 for a 2-pack or $54.95 for a 3-pack.
Needless to say, you might be helping to save the environment with this swaddle, but you’ll be seriously hurting your bank account.
But for those die-hard environmentalists or babies who are prone to skin irritations, the Organic Muslin swaddle is a perfect solution.
The Aden + Anais Cozy Muslin Swaddle was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2016 – which probably means that this swaddle is worth checking out.
After all, not just anything makes it on to Oprah’s Favorite Things list!
But, come to think of it, Oprah doesn’t have any kids…
Usually, that would make me question her authority on the amazing-ness of this particular swaddle. But kids or no kids, Oprah hit the mark with this recommendation.
The Cozy Muslin Swaddle is different than the rest of the swaddles that Aden + Anais offers. It’s heavier, thicker, and best suited for cold winter nights or those wanting a swaddle that offers a bit more warmth.
In all honesty, being a long-time fan of the Classic Swaddle and Silky Soft Swaddle, I was surprised when I opened this Cozy Muslin Swaddle for the first time.
It was not what I expected. But after trying it out, I’ve grown to agree with Oprah – this swaddle is a favorite. It’s perfect for keeping your baby warm and cozy when the other swaddles are just a bit too lightweight.
Made from 100% brushed cotton, this premium flannel muslin swaddle provides a thicker, more substantial material for times when you need to shield your baby from chilly temperatures.
The drawback? Due to its thickness, this swaddle is far less stretchy than the other ones. Meaning that the act of swaddling becomes a bit more difficult.
But the lack of stretchiness is not enough to keep me from loving this swaddle.
Its’ blanket-like feel reminds me of my favorite pair of flannel pajamas, which is actually a nice alternative to the more cheese-clothy feel of the other swaddles.
If you’re looking for a swaddle with a bit more weight, this is the swaddle you need. Your baby will stay toasty warm when you venture out on those cold days or cozy up on those chilly winter nights.
Like all of the swaddles, this swaddle can be used for more than just swaddling - but the sturdiness of the flannel material really makes the Cozy Muslin Swaddle top notch for tummy time or to be used as a playmat.
Unfortunately, this swaddle only comes in four different designs – pink or gray stars or stripes. Luckily, the gray is pretty gender-neutral and the pink is not an obnoxious ‘girls-only’ pink.
But if you like to have a variety of print options, the lack of designs with the Cozy Muslin Swaddle may be an issue for you.
In terms of price, this swaddle is comparable to the Organic Muslin Swaddle, with a single-pack costing $18.00 and a 2-pack priced at $34.00.
Ahhh, the Silky Soft Swaddle – my personal favorite!
I know it sounds like all the swaddles are my favorite. But I would cheat on the others for the Silky Soft Swaddle in a heartbeat.
These swaddles are described as having ‘off the charts softness’ and they aren’t kidding. I’m a grown woman, a mother of six, and even I sometimes sleep with one of these swaddles on my pillow.
That’s how soft they are.
Honestly, I don’t think I have the words to describe the amazing-ness of these swaddles.
Crafted from viscose rayon made from bamboo, these swaddles feel like being wrapped in a whipped cream hug. They are exactly as the name suggests, silky-soft against your baby’s tender skin.
One of the potential drawbacks of these uber-soft swaddles that customers have mentioned, is that they tend to snag easily or fall apart after several washes. Especially the specialty metallic designs.
While I’ve not personally experienced this issue, I can see the potential for it to happen with these swaddles.
The material is slightly less durable than the Classic Swaddle, which makes wear and tear more of a possibility.
But like I said, I’ve had several Silky Soft Swaddles for years and never noticed any more deterioration with these than the other swaddles varieties.
And even if I did experience this, I don’t think it would keep me from buying them. They simply feel too incredible to pass up.
The size, multi-use abilities, temperature control, and adorable pattern options rival those of the Classic Swaddle but on top of all of that, they have that insane softness that I’ve truly not seen in any other swaddle on the market.
The price is similar to the Cozy Muslin Swaddle and the Organic Muslin Swaddle, making these slightly more expensive than the Classic Swaddle.
But once you get your hands on these Silky Soft Swaddles, I’m guessing all of your budget restraints will go out the window. Such is the power of it’s softness.
Aden + Anais baby products are a staple in my home – I adore every single thing that I’ve ordered from this company. Especially the swaddles.
After six babies, I can practically open up my own Aden + Anais swaddle store with the number of swaddles that I’ve ordered from them over the years. Not that there is really a market for used swaddles…
So, what makes Aden + Anais swaddles so much better than other brands?
Oh, where do I begin…
When I purchase an Aden + Anais swaddle, I know that my baby’s comfort, safety, and style is a top priority thanks to founder, Raegan Moya-Jones’s vision.
With five different types of swaddles, and countless designs, I’m betting that no matter what your specific swaddling needs are, Aden + Anais can fulfill them.
In fact, they offer so many swaddle options that when you explore their website, you might feel a bit overwhelmed!
How do you choose? What makes one swaddle blanket more suited for you than another one?
Well, don’t worry - I’m here to help you figure out exactly that. I have reviewed each Aden and Anais swaddle, to determine the differences between each.
But before we get into the specifics of each swaddle, let’s look at some qualities that ALL Aden + Anais swaddles offer. You’ll quickly see that these shared qualities are what really sets this brand apart from the other swaddle choices out there.
When you swaddle your baby, I’m guessing that you want them to be wrapped in a material that feels comfortable and cozy, right?
Things like softness, durability, and stretchiness are usually pretty important when choosing a swaddle – and that all depends on the fabric it’s made from.
Aden + Anais have really nailed it when it comes to the fabric of their swaddles– it’s top of the line and in my opinion, makes these swaddles better than any others out there.
No matter which swaddle you choose, they’re all made with high quality cotton muslin as their base material.
Prior to Aden + Anais swaddles, I didn’t pay much attention to the fabric that swaddles were made from.
But since using these swaddles, I’ve become obsessed with muslin. I’ve actually looked for muslin sheets, muslin clothes, even muslin towels.
Muslin is just that amazing.
It’s an incredibly breathable, lightweight fabric that also happens to be uber-soft to the touch.
Breathable, lightweight, soft swaddle fabrics solve several common issues – skin irritations, overheating, and suffocation concerns.
Babies have sensitive skin, some more than others. If you’re baby has suffered from rashes or skin irritations, you know how important it is to wrap your baby in skin-soothing fabrics.
With Aden + Anais swaddles, you’ll never have to worry about irritating your baby’s skin.
Thanks to the amazing muslin fabric, even the most sensitive baby skin will feel soothed when wrapped in any of the Aden + Anais swaddles.
These pre-washed swaddles are gentle on delicate skin and they just feel good – oh-so-soft, cozy, and super snuggly. Plus, they get softer with each wash and more importantly, they remain intact.
No more worrying about your baby’s favorite swaddle falling apart from over-washing.
And if your baby runs hot, these swaddles are ideal. Their lightweight texture allows your baby’s skin to breathe and reduces their risk of overheating.
My second oldest daughter was always hot as a baby. I tried countless swaddles and baby blankets with her, but she kicked off every single one in a fit of sweaty fussiness.
That is, until I wrapped her in an Aden + Anais swaddle.
These are the only swaddles that she would tolerate. She loved them so much that today, at 9 years old, she still sleeps with her first Aden + Anais swaddle.
Breathability is not just crucial for avoiding overheating, though. Suffocation is a legitimate concern with certain swaddles and blankets.
If a non-breathable swaddle somehow gets wrapped around your babies face at night, it can be extremely dangerous. I mean, we all know what can happen if you can’t breath, right?
But you can rest easy when you tuck your baby in with an Aden + Anais swaddle. They’re so breathable that you could comfortably sleep with one covering your face all night long without any risk of suffocation. This is largely thanks to the single layer design.
Whether you go with the classic 100% cotton muslin swaddle, the muslin flannel, or the silky soft variety – you will adore the muslin fabric that all Aden + Anais swaddles are crafted from.
All of the Aden + Anais swaddles measure 47” x 47” – way bigger than most swaddles on the market.
Initially, you may be thinking this is too big – what am I going to do with all that extra fabric?
But once you actually try these oversized swaddles, you’ll be grateful for the extra material.
The thin material keeps these extra-large swaddles from feeling too bulky and makes swaddling your baby a breeze compared to others on the market.
Whether your baby is big or small, the extra fabric allows you to more easily tuck your baby in snugly, no toes or fingers sticking out!
The extra-large size of these swaddles also makes them perfect for other uses. Think creating a sun-shade for your stroller, laying out an extra-large play area in the park, or fully covering up your lady parts when breast feeding in public.
The ample size of Aden + Anais swaddles makes swaddling easier and allows you to seamlessly use these swaddles for way more than just swaddling!
Babies are expensive. Don’t get me wrong – they’re also wonderful, life-changing, beautiful bundles of joy…but, they are undeniably expensive.
Mostly because of all the stuff that they need – endless products that often get worn out quickly and need to be replaced.
Because of this, when I find a product that remains functional for years and years, I’m thrilled.
Let’s be honest, hand-me-downs are a parent’s best friend, so finding a product that I can use over and over with each child is a life-saver.
And with Aden + Anais swaddles, there’s a good chance you’ll be passing these swaddles on to your grandkids. That’s how long-lasting they are.
Like I said earlier, my now 9-year-old daughter, STILL has her very first Aden + Anais swaddle. That’s NINE YEARS and it’s still going strong.
Sure, it’s faded a bit with the hundreds of washes that it’s been through and there’s no arguing it’s seen better days, but overall, you could still use it as a swaddle if you really wanted to.
Baby products that last not only save you money, but when they work well for years and years, they can seriously simplify your life.
Speaking of simplify, the simplicity of Aden + Anais swaddles is one of my favorite things about them.
There are no gimmicks or elaborate sales ploys here. These are just darn good swaddles that have kept my babies happy and safe for years. And when my babies are happy, I’m happy.
What do you think of Aden + Anais swaddles? Let me know in the comments below!
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